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2018 CHA Annual Meeting in Regina

Published on September 12, 2017

Annual Meeting - University of Regina: May 28, 29, 30, 2018

 Gathering Diversities 

Gathering,n. A bringing together or coming together of people; an assembly or meeting

Diversity,n. The condition or quality of being diverse, different, or varied; difference, unlikeness

Oskana kâ-asastêki, now known as Regina, was a traditional place of gathering for Indigenous peoples from various Plains cultures. The Congress 2018 theme of ‘gathering diversities’ provides an opportunity to examine how diversity shaped the past and how it influences—and promises to transform—the discipline of history. Diversities in historical inquiries, including different temporal, geographical, and methodological approaches, are central to cultivating new perspectives and insights in the field. The program committee invites proposals for papers that explore, cultivate, and critique these diversities. Potential papers may explore the following themes:

How have Indigenous experiences and perspectives shaped historical inquiry and how might they transform it?

How have concepts like “multiculturalism” and “diversity” within colonial and nation-building projects been cultivated or resisted over time?

How can gathering diverse experiences through oral and written history create different interpretations of the past?

How can diverse temporal or geographical perspectives (i.e., local, regional, national, international, or transnational) create new understandings in the field?

How will digital technologies and new research strategies transform historical scholarship and the way in which it is conveyed?

How can interdisciplinarity in teaching and research broaden our understanding of past and present issues?


The Programme Committee for the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association invites proposals in English and in French from scholars working in any discipline, in any field, and in any era that address the conference theme. The Program Committee thus encourages Canadian, transnational and non-Canadian proposals and also welcome submissions that do not specifically address the theme.

The Programme Committee invites individual paper and roundtable submissions, but strongly encourages the organization of panels aimed at generating engaging debate, submitted in one of the following two formats:

 1. A panel submission of three papers for which the Programme Committee will appoint a commentator. For these panels, papers must be submitted to the commentator in advance of the conference in order that the commentator may provide substantive remarks as a part of the panel session.

 2. A panel submission of four papers, for which the Programme Committee will appoint a facilitator.

Proposal Submission:

Please submit a proposal of no more than 250 words and a one-page cv to

Deadline: November 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Please note:

- The Programme Committee will accept only one paper proposal per individual.

- Presenters must be members of the Canadian Historical Association and must be able to attend the conference to present their paper in person.


Why is the Poster Session important?

Posters give graduate students and others a way to display and discuss their project-based work in a format that is interactive and collegial. Posters are also a perfect venue to show off the material and visual work of historians and public historians. In the sciences, posters are often a way to present preliminary data on a research topic and gather advice.

These guidelines are an attempt to standardize the posters, levelling the playing field for all presenters, and hopefully, reducing the cost of posters to students (especially the cost of shipping.) However, we are keenly aware of the need for creative license in creating the posters and do not want to quash anyone’s creativity. We ask that presenters stick to the size and material guidelines for the poster. Upon request in your proposal, one-half of a six foot table will be provided where groups can display websites, video, audio, objects, baked goods, and other supporting materials. *Please note that internet access will not be available for the poster session. If you wish to demonstrate any websites or videos drop them onto your hard drive. 

What are the requirements for a poster?

Posters should be no larger than 36” x 48”.

Use laminated paper or poster paper. Printed fabric posters are a little more expensive but much easier to transport. If you will need space to hang a poster, please be sure to request foam core and an easel in your proposal. (This is subject to recommendations of Local Arrangements Committee on what supporting equipment is available.) 

Formatting and Content Advice

A good poster should introduce your topic, research questions or goals, methods, what was accomplished and what you learned. Be sure to include the following:

• Give the poster a title

• Use images to illustrate your points

• Caption photos with a title, photographer, and date

• Keep text under 800 words and use an accessible font and size. Edit carefully. The test of a good poster is if someone can read it in five minutes and understand your main points

• Consider making legal-sized copies of your poster as handouts. Observers often want something to take away. Provide your contact information so folks can reach you later with questions or suggestions



Colin Purrington

American Historical Association

Le Réseau de l’Université du Québec (en français)

Proposal Submission:

Proposals should be submitted electronically in one document to

Your proposal should include:

 - an abstract of no more than 200 words

 - a one-page c.v. that includes contact information and institutional affiliation

Your proposal may include a simple visual mock-up of the display, saved as a pdf, though this is not required.

Deadline: November 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Please note:

- The Programme Committee will accept only one poster roposal per individual.

- Presenters must be members of the Canadian Historical Association and must be able to attend the conference to present their poster in person.

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